Lincoln Park & Old Town entertainment

Top Choice Theater in Lincoln Park & Old Town

Steppenwolf Theatre

Steppenwolf is Chicago’s top stage for quality, provocative theater productions. The Hollywood-heavy ensemble includes Gary Sinise, John Malkovich, Martha Plimpton, Gary Cole, Joan Allen and Tracy Letts. A money-sav…
Top Choice Comedy in Lincoln Park & Old Town

Second City

Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey and more honed their wit at this slick venue where shows take place nightly. The Mainstage and ETC stage host sketch revues (with an improv scene thrown in); they're similar in…
Top Choice Comedy in Lincoln Park & Old Town

iO Theater

One of Chicago's top-tier improv houses, iO is a bit edgier (and cheaper) than its competition, with four stages hosting bawdy shows nightly. Two bars and a beer garden add to the fun. The Improvised Shakespeare Com…
Blues in Lincoln Park & Old Town


Long, narrow and high volume, this veteran blues club draws a slightly older crowd that soaks up every crackling, electrified moment. As one local musician put it, ‘The audience here comes out to understand the blue…
Live Music in Lincoln Park & Old Town

Lincoln Hall

Hyped national indie bands are the main players at this ubercool, mid-sized venue with excellent sound. The front room has a kitchen that offers small plates and sandwiches until 10pm.
Blues in Lincoln Park & Old Town

Kingston Mines

Popular enough to draw big names on the blues circuit, Kingston Mines is so noisy, hot and sweaty that blues neophytes will feel as though they’re having a genuine experience – sort of like a gritty Delta theme park…
Theater in Lincoln Park & Old Town

Royal George Theatre

The Royal George is actually four theaters in one building. The cabaret venue stages long-running mainstream productions such as Late Nite Catechism, a nun-centered comedy. The main stage presents works with big-nam…
Comedy in Lincoln Park & Old Town


This comedy shack has been booking well-known jokesters for more than three decades. The shows last around two hours and usually include the efforts of a couple of up-and-comers before the main act. The ceiling is l…
Theater in Lincoln Park & Old Town

Victory Gardens Theater

Long established and playwright-friendly, Victory Gardens specializes in world premieres of plays by Chicago authors. It’s located in the historic Biograph Theater, where bank robber John Dillinger – aka Public Enem…
Comedy in Lincoln Park & Old Town

UP Comedy Club

UP is part of the Second City family and shares the same building, though it has a different entrance. It's a smaller space that hosts more experimental shows. It also adds stand-up acts by well-known touring comedi…